Montana is offering new $1,000 scholarships to state high school graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, math or health care at a Montana college.
Graduating seniors who are interested should act fast.
The Legislature set aside $400,000 to kick off the scholarships this year, and already 200 high school students have started the application process, Sheila Newlun, Montana University System scholarship coordinator, said Tuesday.
If all those students were to complete their applications and qualify, that would use up half this year’s available money. July 15 is the application deadline.
The Board of Regents just voted Friday to approve administering the new STEM Scholarships, which were created by the 2015 Legislature.
The scholarships are intended as an incentive with the goals of increasing the number of Montana college graduates in STEM fields and boosting the Montana economy, Tyler Trevor, deputy commissioner for planning and analysis, told the regents.